I think I love you.

after what seems like centuries.., buddy Ulf Hagström has finally ! gotten around to making a fly tying video: one of his notorious articulated pike flies, the Wild Thing
with a start like this, well, i’ll just say i hope he keeps this up. enjoy !

Ulf’s latest blogpost kinda says it all:
yearofthepike1
to see a lot more yummy pike flies be sure to visit Ulf’s blog by clicking the image above.

brainwashem’ young- Kristofer

Kristofer 1 TLC b-wm'young 7-10-13for sure, having one of the best tiers in the world as dad doesn’t hurt, but the real motivation has to come from themselves

Kristofer 2 TLC bw-m' young 7-10-13and result speaks for itself…

super-good going little buddy ! hope to catch up with you again soon.

as for dad Ulf Hagström, author of the very much read article Think differently – The fish eating fish fly , be sure to dig through his site The way of the Fly  to discover some gorgeously tied hidden treasures.

the Teardrop Loop Wing (TDLW) Caddis

by Ulf Hagström

“yum-yum juicy good”  says Mrs. Trout ! from buddy Ulf here’s a super-nice twist to the classic fold-over cdc wing not only making it stand proud from the crowd but giving it a much more realistic silhouette. tying it involves needles and flames and gummy-stretchy stuff so it’s obviously a cut above the rest for the avid tier !

“This fly that I want to show here is a rather simple but dead effective loop wing caddis. It is a rather long wing with a special appearance, hence the name of the fly. Also I use a little unusual material for the abdomen, you can of course use any other that you are fond of, like nymph skin, flex skin or even just a dubbed and ribbed back body. The flat flexible jewelry “thread” that I have used here are very similar to flexy floss I think.

Fish it actively either when there is hatches of caddis fly or when they are fluttering around on the surface for egg laying.”

i would have included ‘sexy butt’ somewhere in it’s name but (SBTDLW) makes it hard to remember and once combined to a Swedish accent it’s bound to get a little messy…
click either pic for Ulf’s great step-by-step and don’t forget to crush the barbs. enjoy !

” the mexican rectum “

a delicious north-of-the-border pike treat sure to please our south-of-the-border friends… from dear friend Ulf Hagström father of two lovely boys and the notorious Think differently – The fish eating fish fly.
besides the sexy name we’ll notice an interesting feature in the materials list below- ‘Hollow support: Orange craft fur treated with Bug bond’ a very interesting viable and much more resistant alternative to  standard deer hair.
the man’s always two steps ahead of the crowd.

Hook: Partridge Ultimate predator X #8/0

Thread: Veevus 6/0 white

Hollow support: Orange craft fur treated with Bug bond

Tail and body: Sybai twist hair, fluo orange, peach and red

Sides: Hackle feathers grizzly dun

Eyes: Living eyes “Ice”

best served with a good glob of guacamole and a splash of lime, enjoy !

Think differently – The Fish Eating Fish fly (a refresher)

first posted here in November 2011 i’m constantly surprised and happy to see on my stats board that this fantastic article and fly by my friend Ulf Hagström is one of the most popular hits, averaging more than 30 a day, every day from all over the world. for some blogs that might seem like piddle but not for a fly fishing blog.
there are literally tons of great fly patterns and fly dressers but true fly design innovations don’t come often so here once again is the original post, an invitation to look this over, read the link to Ulf’s site and hopefully  be inspired to innovate on your own.


Think differently – The Fish Eating Fish fly
by Ulf Hagström

this kind of “Think differently” is just awesome, a sign of a truly innovative fly designer and tier not only interested in creating flies that attract fish but flies that attract fish in a different manner.

“One of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a long time was an article in a Swedish magazine “Allt om flugfiske” by biologist Peter Johanesson who talked about the result of a study on the phenomenon of kleptoparasites among pikes. Basically what it points to is that a larger pike would most of the times rather attack and steal the already caught prey from a smaller pike than eat the smaller pike itself!”

click here for the full article and adjoining step by step of the fly.

thanks for the inspiration, Ulf !

Ideas, drawing boards and live testing

By Ulf Hagström

once in a while something comes up out of the ordinary in fly design and this is another one of those special moments.
inspired by scientific fish studies, good friend Ulf Hagström has done it again and come up with a design that stimulates feeding behavior in pike.
although these studies where focused on pike, in my mind it would be very unlikely that this stimulation wouldn’t be just effective with any other predator species, so this is something to think about and try out next time you’re working on a streamer patter for you favorite species.

“When you read up on pike feeding behavior and talk with guides and other people that fishes a whole lot more than I do it is evident that pike feeding behavior is not as simple as many people will think. My own conclusion this season has also come to the conclusion that pike are way more complicated than most people will give it credit for.

Anyway, what has been proven several times is that pike have a feeding behavior that often are triggered by competition, and clepto parasitic behavior. Other fish that are feeding, or other pike that are feeding, will get even the most stubborn of pike to act on instinct and start feeding aggressively. There have also been some new spinner lures introduced lately (I’ve been told) that mimics large baitfish hunting smaller fish. With this in mind I thought that I needed to design something similar but as a fly.”

click the pic for the rest of this very inspiring article. thanks Ulf !

Bug-Bond to the rescue !

special Bug-Bond therapy moment at the Stockholm fair last week-end !
Ulf Hagström rescued this poor (“Here look ! I painted them myself, really !… ) woman’s broken nail with BB Original !

the hubby applies a few drops…

a few seconds later Ulf blasts her with the Pro-Torch !
miracle ! no more crying and worrying, the two left with a big smile and continued their shopping day in peace…
modern scientific Ultra-Violet light cured fly tying adhesives save the day once again !

Fly Tying- Think differently, The fish eating fish fly

by Ulf Hagström

this kind of “Think differently” is just awesome, a sign of a truly innovative fly designer and tier not only interested in creating flies that attract fish but flies that attract fish in a different manner.

“One of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a long time was an article in a Swedish magazine “Allt om flugfiske” by biologist Peter Johanesson who talked about the result of a study on the phenomenon of kleptoparasites among pikes. Basically what it points to is that a larger pike would most of the times rather attack and steal the already caught prey from a smaller pike than eat the smaller pike itself!”

click here for the full article and adjoining step by step of the fly.

thanks for the inspiration, Ulf !

related articles

The Last of the Mohicans

“Say the word “Baetis” to someone and most will just look at you strangely. Say “Ephemerella” and  and they will start to think you have gotten some kind of stroke, and when you say “Lebtholebia” you might just get a kick in the groin!”

hard to add more… here’s the SRM Dun mayfly step by step by one of the World’s finest fly dressers, Ulf Hagström. enjoy !